Wembley Stadium (known as Wembley Stadium connected by EE for commercial reasons) is a football stadium in Wembley Park, London, England. It opened in 2007 and was built on the site of the earlier Wembley Stadium which was demolished in 2003. The stadium hosts major football matches such as the FA Cup Final and home matches of the England national football team.
Wembley Stadium is a UEFA category four stadium. With 90,000 seats it is the second largest stadium in Europe. It is owned by The Football Association through their subsidiary Wembley National Stadium Ltd (WNSL).
Designed by HOK Sport (known as Populous since 2009) and Foster and Partners, it includes a partially retractable roof and the 134-metre-high (440 ft) Wembley Arch. The stadium was built by Australian firm Multiplex at a cost of £798 million.
In club football, in addition to the FA Cup the stadium hosts the season-opening FA Community Shield match, the finals of the Football League Cup, the Football League Trophy and the Football League play-offs. In European football, it hosted the 2011 and 2013 UEFA Champions League Final. The stadium also hosts the rugby league Challenge Cup Final, the National Football League's International Series and music concerts.
The San Francisco 49ers are a professional American football team based in Santa Clara, California, playing in the West Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The team was founded in 1946 as a charter member of the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) and joined the NFL in 1949 after the two leagues merged.
The 49ers are known for having had one of the NFL's greatest dynasties, winning five Super Bowl championships in just 14 years, between 1981 and 1994, with four of those championships in the 1980s. The Super Bowl teams were led by Hall of Famers Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott, Steve Young, and coach Bill Walsh. With five Super Bowl wins, the 49ers are tied with rivals Dallas Cowboys for the second-most Super Bowl wins. The 49ers won the most regular season NFL games in both the 1980s (104) and 1990s (113).
The name "49ers" comes from the name given to the gold prospectors who arrived in Northern California around 1849 during the California Gold Rush. The name was suggested to reflect the voyagers who had rushed the West for gold. It is the only name the team has ever had and San Francisco is the only city in which it has resided. The team is legally and corporately registered as the San Francisco Forty Niners, Ltd., and is the oldest major professional sports team in California. Major League Baseball teams did not arrive until 1958, when the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers moved to San Francisco and Los Angeles, respectively. The Minneapolis Lakers and Philadelphia Warriors became the first NBA teams in the state when both teams moved to California in 1960–61 and 1962–63, respectively; and the expansion Oakland Seals and Los Angeles Kings became the first NHL teams in the state in 1967. The Cleveland Rams arrived in Los Angeles in 1946. The 49ers and Los Angeles Rams were cross-state rivals until 1995, when the Rams moved from Southern California to St. Louis, Missouri to become the current St. Louis Rams.